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'Friendly' talks held between Italy, India on marines


Rome, June 4 - Italian Foreign Minister Federica
Mogherini has had a "friendly conversation" with her new Indian
counterpart on issues including the thorny subject of two
marines held in New Delhi for over two years, an Indian foreign
ministry official told ANSA Wednesday.
Mogherini talked with External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj on Tuesday about a range of international issues
affecting bilateral relations, said Syed Akbaruddin, a former
Indian diplomat who now speaks for the ministry.
Still, the fate of the two marines who killed two Indian
fishermen in February 2012 was the top subject for the
The Italian government has said it hopes that India's newly
government of Narendra Modi will be open to negotiations on the
file, but failing that it will take the case to international
On Monday marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone
sent a Republic Day video message back to Italy from New Delhi.
Latorre said that all they can do is "suffer with dignity"
as they wait for a resolution to the case against them involving
their actions while on an anti-pirate patrol.
Last month, the Italian government announced it was opening
a "new phase" in the saga, replacing its special envoy on the
case and sending its ambassador back to New Delhi to help steer
the case towards arbitration by an international organization
such as the UN.
Nicola Latorre, who chairs the Senate defence committee,
urged further talks with India's new government and new
parliament during a radio interview Wednesday.

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